School of Environment, Resources and Development, (SERD)

ED76.02 : Natural Resources Management Issues in Asia  1(1-0)

It is very important for future natural resource managers to be exposed to the NRM-related issues across Asia, so that they can put their own country’s issues in a regional perspective and learn from regional experiences. The objective of this course is to provide broad-based understanding of major natural resources management issues in Asian region so that they can formulate sustainable solutions applicable to their respective country.

Catalog Description:
The students on completion of this course will be able to:
  • Explain the broad issues of environment and natural resources management of regional importance
  • Describe major land degradation problems and conservation measures at regional level
  • Correlate the role and impact of climate change on natural resources
  • Discuss the major issue related to biodiversity, food security and rural transition
  • Appraise broad natural resources polices at regional level


Course Outline:
  I.           Introduction
1.      Natural Resources and its management
2.      Overview of natural resources in Asia
3.      Key Issues in Natural Resources Management in Asia

  II.         Bio-physical aspects of NRM issues              
1.      Land Degradation and conservation
2.      Climate change and natural resources
3.      Biodiversity and conservation

  III.        Socio-political and economic aspects of NRM issues                       
1.      Rural transition and food security
2.      Economics of ecosystem services
3.      Decentralization and governance
Laboratory Sessions:



No designated textbook, but class notes will be provided.

  1.      UNEP, 2012. The Fifth Global Environment Outlook, GEO-5, UNEP, Nairobi.
  2.      Shengji, P., 1996. Banking on Biodiversity, Report on the Regional Consultation on Biodiversity Assessment in the Hindukush-Himalayas, ICIMOD, Kathmandu.
  3.      Contreras-Hermosilla, A., 2000. The Underlying Causes of Forest Decline, CIFOR Occasional Paper No. 30. Bogo.
  4.      Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2010. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
  1.      Conservation Biology [Wiley]
  2.      International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology [Taylor & Francis]
  3.      Land Degradation and Development [Wiley]
  4.      Natural Resources Forum [Wiley]
  5.      World Development [Elsevier]

Others: Relevant and selected articles will be distributed.

Teaching Method:
Seminar style lectures by several instructors on different topic; Classroom discussions; One field trip of 3 days covering the issues discussed in the class; Critical analysis report writing by each student demonstrating the learning in classroom and in the field.
Grading System:
There will be no midsem and final exams. Final grading with 100% weight will be based on the field trip report.

Grade “A” will be awarded if a student can demonstrate thorough knowledge and mastery of concepts of the issues discussed in class and by critically linking them with what they have observed in the field. Grade “B” will be awarded if a student can demonstrate good knowledge and concepts on the issues in relation to what they have observed in the field. Grade “C” will be given if a student can demonstrate some knowledge of the concepts and by explaining the field observation. Grade “D” will be given if a student have poor understanding of concept but able to explain some issues on field observation. Grade “F” will be given if student demonstrates very poor and limited knowledge about the concepts and non-submission of the field report.